Works & Process: History of Waacking with Princess Lockerooo
Works & Process: History of Waacking with Princess Lockerooo
Don’t miss this chance to learn more about waacking’s history with the Queen of Waacking in an evening that also includes a lesson and performance.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
May 18, 2023 | 7:00 pm
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Series Details

Works & Process is an independent performing arts organization that provides audiences unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, with programs that blend artist discussions and performance highlights. This season, the Jerome Robbins Dance Division has partnered with Works & Process to present three programs at The Library for the Performing Arts.

Artist Details

Princess Lockerooo is a multifaceted performance artist, content curator, educator and activist with a 14-year tenure in the dance and entertainment industries. Her talents encompass choreography, artistic direction, costume & makeup design, event curating, mentorship, public speaking and women's empowerment.


The New York Public Library of the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

About The Performance

In the 1970s, a dance form called waacking was born in the Black, gay underground clubs of Los Angeles. Tyrone Proctor and his friend Billy Goodson risked their lives to perform such an effeminate, expressive dance, when being openly gay subjected them to violence and prison. The dance was popularized on Soul Train and picked up by celebrities, then almost died out with the AIDS crisis.

Preserving the legacy of waacking, recently Princess Lockerooo sat with Goodson to gather the legend’s oral history for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division. Don’t miss this chance to learn more about waacking’s history, as well as enjoy a lesson and performance, with the Queen of Waacking. 

For more information about this performance, please visit the event website.

Image: Princess Lockeroo / photo by Kate Singh